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Additional Quotes: 2016 USA Men’s U17 World Championship Team 104, Egypt 57

  • Date:
    Jun 28, 2016

• Zaragoza, Spain

USA head coach Don Showalter (USA Basketball)
On today’s game:
We came out right away and really took it to them right off the bat. We need to do that to teams in order to get us going, and also to get other teams to understand that this is as hard as we’re going to play throughout the whole game. So, I was really pleased with how we started those first five, six, seven minutes. We did a great job there.

Did you get worried about foul trouble at all with three big men picking up two early fouls and Austin Wiley having three before halftime?
We switched to a little bit of a zone defense and we’re not really good in a zone yet. So, we were just too lazy in our zone. Whenever we play man-to-man defense we’re pretty good. Having said that, the reason we went to a zone was because we were in foul trouble a little bit in the first half. Once you get to halftime with two fouls, you’re no longer really in foul trouble. And then we played really good man-to-man defense in the second half. So, I was never really worried about that.

Egypt looked a little surprised at the way the USA started the game. Do you feel that was the case?
I told the guys that the way we intimidate teams is by how hard we play. We’re talented and if we really play hard at the same time, and with our talent, that’s how we can intimidate teams a little bit. Egypt hung in there for a little bit, but we overpowered them, not so much with our talent but by how hard we worked.  

On the USA’s round of 16 opponent, Argentina:
We’ll be pretty focused now that it’s a one and done deal for our team. I think they understand that. The scrimmage against Argentina last week doesn’t mean anything. We started the score at 0-0 at the end of each quarter, so it really doesn’t mean a lot. And Argentina has gotten better since then, just as we have. Our kids understand, especially the six who have been here before, understand the level that we have to play starting in our next game if we want to win that gold medal.

Jordan Brown (Woodcreek H.S./Roseville, Calif.)
On today’s game:
It was a good game. Egypt really played hard. Everyone is going to come out here and play their hardest game against us.

Are you starting to click more as a team?
Yeah, a little bit more. We really shared the ball today. I think we’re really getting used to each other and starting to trust each other more.

Do you feel everyone is getting adjusted well to the international style of play?
I think so. Most of the players who were getting travel calls and stuff like that, this is their first time playing the FIBA rules and they’re getting used to the international rules.

What have you told the six new guys about never letting up during the medal round games?
Just to not take any team for granted, because everyone is going to come out and they’re going to play their hardest. Most teams are going to play their best games against us, because it’s USA and they really want to come out and compete against us.

Troy Brown (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.)
On the USA’s quick start:
We started off with a lot of intensity. Yesterday we came out and kind of played to the other team. We didn’t do the things that we needed to do. Today we came out with a different mentality, especially after coach got on me and Gary (Trent Jr.) and Kevin (Knox), I felt that really got me fired up. It just made us want to play harder.

Do you feel that your team is starting to click together as the games go on?
Yes. I feel that comes along with time and our team chemistry has gotten a lot better. Even though we’ve been practicing a lot, we’re still trying to get that team chemistry and that flow together. People are not worried about points and stuff like that. We’re playing more team basketball and not being selfish, and I’m liking it.

On being in the medal round, elimination stage of the tournament:
If we come out with the same mentality like we did today, if we keep on playing hard, coming out and putting it to them first, we’ll be okay. That’s the thing with us, we have to get out big early, and then when we put our subs in, we don’t let down. We’re just a great overall team. We’re so well-rounded that it really helps. If we come out and do what we’re supposed to do, I feel that we’ll get the job done.

Markus Howard (Findlay Prep, Nev./Chandler, Ariz.)
Do you feel that your team is starting to click together as the games go on?
Yeah, with time we come closer together as a team. We’re getting more used to playing with each other and I feel with where we are in the tournament right now, we can still improve. But the way we’re progressing ad how we played today, we’re very good.

On the play of his teammates against Egypt:  
Carte’Are (Gordon) really stepped up. He was a big presence as well. Wendell (Carter) always plays well. Gary (Trent Jr.) stepped it up from last game and I was happy to see that. And Javonte (Smart) as well, just being that leader, that point guard for us on the court. Everybody in a way stepped up both offensively and defensively.

You’re into the must-win medal rounds. You mentioned that as a team you can still improve. In what way?
From here on out, we have to treat every game like it’s our last. Like coach said, we have to treat every game like a (NBA Finals) Game 7.  We have to have that mind-set and mentality that it could be our last game, so we have to play our hardest and not let anybody get the best of us.

Javonte Smart (Scotlandville H.S./Baton Rouge, La.)
On his play against Egypt:
I wanted to pick up the energy. I feel like if I come out with energy, then everybody will follow behind. The guys sometimes feed off me and I feed off others.

Your goal was five assists and you dished out six. Do you feel good about that?
It feels good feeding my teammates, making my teammates better, and just getting a win today.

As a team, what do you need to do heading into the medal round?
We all have to fight together. We have to keep working together, have everybody play their role and play hard.

On the play of his teammates against Egypt:
Austin Wiley stepped up big time, he played really good and got a couple dunks on them. Troy Brown played really well. Markus (Howard) shot a lot 3s, scored a lot of points. And Wendell (Carter), he does it all, he runs the floor and dunks. Gary (Trent Jr.) also, everybody played their role and did everything coach asked them to do.

 

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